As the new football season approaches, two teams will be battling it out off the pitch in an attempt to net the title of best football simulator. eFootball PES 2020, the confusing new name for the latest version of Pro Evolution Soccer, is hoping to swipe some fans from the ever-popular FIFA series.
Recently, we reported that PES 2019 was set to appear as a free game on this month's PS+ lineup, however a last-minute decision saw it ditched for Detroit: Become Human. Don't worry though, you'll still be able to trial PES for free before you make your final decision as the demo for this this year's version is available now on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Steam today.
Could this be the year you swap FIFA 20 for PES?
Along with the release of the demo, Konami have revealed the official global cover of eFootball PES 2020. Usually, their covers only feature one superstar, but this year they've gone for four. Messi, Gnabry, Pjanic and McTominay represent some of their licensed teams; Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Manchester United.
Konami recently dealt EA a massive blow by announcing that they'd signed Italian giants Juventus up on an exclusive deal which means that PES 2020 will be the only football game that will include the Serie A champions, and one of the favourites to win the Champions League next year.A statement on Juventus' website reads: "The new and exciting partnership with Konami will see the eFootball PES series have exclusive use of Juventus intellectual property within console football video games, including the team name, the crest, and official kits.
"In addition, the development team has been granted in-depth access to the players themselves, via full-body 3D scan, in order to recreate their likeliness in the game as accurately as possible."
So, if you want the best version of Cristiano Ronaldo and the Allianz Stadium then you'll have to move over to PES 2020.The latest version of Pro Evolution Soccer will also feature a fully-licensed Manchester United, meaning they will no longer play at the Trad Brick Stadium.
Despite being the biggest club in England, many fans might be surprised to see Scott McTominay as the player chosen to represent them. Despite being a fan favourite, he's relatively new to the first team. Perhaps Konami didn't want to take a gamble on the likes of Pogba and De Gea in case they left before the end of the transfer window.
Anyway, what are you waiting for? The demo for the newest version of Pro Evo (or eFootball PES 2020) is out now. Get playing lads!